I am somewhat of a pizza purist. I enjoy few, simple ingredients rather than giant, messy, savory explosions of flavor and gimmick pizzas. I don’t need pizza inspired by cheeseburgers, taco salads or hot wings (I’m lookin’ at you, Minsky’s). I don’t need tater tots on top either.
Jesus, apparently at Waldo Pizza you can get burnt ends, fake crab meat and spam as pizza toppings. Who orders this stuff and why isn’t anyone enforcing good pizza-ordering behavior?
Alright, I know it’s a free country but just for giggles, here’s my list of stuff that doesn’t belong on pizza. This is not crazy stuff, but ingredients that you frequently see on toppings lists and specialty pizzas. This was inspired by an online conversation a while back with Karen Geary, operator of Le Petit Rouge and chef extraordinaire.
Stuff that doesn’t belong on pizza:
- Chicken, turkey or poultry of any kind
- Shrimp or really any kind of seafood
- Anything that is “blackened” or cooked “Cajun-style”
- Provel cheese
- Eggs (hat tip to Bull E. Vard)